Provincial State of Public Health Emergency

Provincial State of Public Health Emergency
Posted on 09/20/2021

September 20, 2021

Dear Aspen View families,

Re: Provincial State of Public Health Emergency

On September 15-16, 2021, the Government of Alberta declared a State of Public Health Emergency and the Chief Medical Officer of Health signed CMOH Order 42-2021 implementing new public health restrictions. In light of these announcements, Aspen View Public Schools has updated its 2021-22 Aspen View Public Schools Return to School Plan.

Effective immediately, the following measures are in place within all Aspen View Public Schools facilities:

Masking

  • As per CMOH Order 42-2021, all Grade 4-12 students, all staff and all visitors must wear a mask while attending a school building, with the following noted exceptions:
    • When an individual is consuming food or drink;
    • When an individual is engaged in a physical activity;
    • When an individual is seated at a desk or table within a classroom, where the desks, tables and chairs are arranged to prevent individuals from facing each other; and with the greatest possible distance between individuals.
    • Masks are not required outside.

    A full list of exemptions, including for individuals with health conditions, can be found within CMOH Order 42-2021.

  • Mask use is strongly recommended for students in Kindergarten-Grade 3.

    Aspen View Public Schools has amended the masking protocols within the 2021-22 Aspen View Public Schools Return to School Plan to align with CMOH Order 42-2021. It is the view of Aspen View Public Schools’ Board of Trustees and Administration, that other protocols required by CMOH Order 42-2021, including cohorting and physical distancing, mitigate the requirement for mandatory masking in Kindergarten-Grade 3.

  • As per CMOH Order 42-2021, all Kindergarten-Grade 12 students, staff and visitors must wear a mask while being transported on a school bus.

Cohorting/Physical Distancing

  • All students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 will be assigned to a cohort. To the greatest extent possible, students, staff and visitors must maintain a physical distance of two metres from any person who is not a member of their cohort.

Aspen View Public Schools has structured its 2021-22 Aspen View Public Schools Return to School Plan as a ‘living document’, able to be adjusted as circumstances warrant. Our goal is to provide safe and effective learning opportunities for all students, and to take steps as necessary to ensure in-person learning is able to continue within all of our schools. We thank our school families for supporting this goal by observing health restrictions, practicing frequent hand and respiratory hygiene, and keeping students home when they are ill. We encourage families to continue to make use of the Alberta Health Daily Checklist to monitor for symptoms, and use the AHS Online Assessment Tool or call Health Link 811 to arrange for testing should symptoms be present.

We sincerely thank our school families for their understanding and support as we work diligently to ensure safe learning opportunities for all our students.

Sincerely,

Neil O’Shea, Superintendent
Candyce Nikipelo, Chair, Board of Trustees
Aspen View Public Schools                                         

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